Jesus referred to himself as the true vine, yet the passages he refers to have an uncomfortable outcome. You transplanted a vine from Egypt; you drove out the nations and planted it…it took root and filled the land. [Psalm 80:8-11] Things start well: Just as the vine is planted and fills the land so the … More True Vine violated
The shock of my Christian life was realising that this description of the wicked fit me… In his arrogance the wicked man hunts down the weak, who are caught in the schemes he devises. [Psalm 10:2] Arrogance comes from believing ourselves to be so ‘right’ we can tell others how to live. We give ourselves … More Realising my wickedness
A single phrase changed my view of a whole passage. I had understood Psalm 78 as a history lesson of failure. Take- The men of Ephraim, though armed with bows, turned back on the day of battle; they … refused to live by his law. They forgot … the wonders he had shown them. (Psalm … More What do we tell the next generation?
Sometimes I feel overwhelmed by events and am disoriented – … the earth gives way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging. [Psalm 46:2-3] In such times I am comforted by the Lord as I look back at times … More Fear or love
We discover Glory through seeing Jesus’ return to heaven. How the king rejoices in your strength, O Lord! … For you have … withheld nothing he requested. (Psalm 21:1-2NLT) Following his crucifixion, Jesus returns with joy at God’s victory. All has been done, not by superman Jesus but, in divine partnership with God. You have … More Sharing in Heavenly Glory
The last of three avenues that Jesus says lead to glory- Whoever serves me must follow me; and where I am, my servant also will be. My Father will honour the one who serves me. [John 12:26] When the Lord of the universe honours us, there is glory, like in the parable of the talents … More Glory in service
The second of three avenues that Jesus says bring glory is the road to eternal life. Anyone who loves their life will lose it, while anyone who hates their life in this world will keep it for eternal life. (John 12:25) This eternal life is our hope; the hope of a life of intimacy with … More Glory in eternal life
Fruitfulness is the first of three avenues Jesus says bring glory. He explains how- Very truly I tell you, unless a grain of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds. [John 12:24] What does fruitfulness look like? The fruitfulness Paul lifts … More Glory in fruitfulness
Jesus explains for us the way he sees glory; the glory of heaven – Jesus replied, ‘The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. [John 12:23] I notice that this glory differs from the glory he has just received as he entered Jerusalem. He points to three areas that he recognises … More Living for God’s glory
Why do we celebrate Christmas? Is it merely a pointer to Easter or does it have value? At Easter Jesus died on the cross and through his sacrifice reconciled us to God. Clearly this is vital, yet so is Jesus’ life on earth. The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have … More Why Christmas?